The conference designed to present Islam in its true form moved into its final day in London on Friday (9 April), and several of the dignitaries attending have been paying official visits in the city.
LV SHEIKH Abdhul Haleem Mahmood of Al Azhar arriving at Lambeth Palace (2 shots)
SV Sheikh greeted by Archbishop of Canterbury Donald Coggan in doorway (2 shots)
Sv Delegates arriving at the Islamic festival in London, and entering conference hall (2 shots)
SV INTERIOR Mrs. Aisha Lemu of Nigeria receives applause as she takes platform
SV Official delegates
SCU Mrs. Lemu speaking
GV No. 10 Downing Street (MUTE)
SV Cameramen filming inside (MUTE)
SV Empress of Iran greeted by Callaghan (MUTE)
SV Sheikh Al Azhar entering Seymour Hall for Islamic service
SV INTERIOR People in prayer during service
SV Shoeikh Al Azhar leads service
TP Sheikh al Azhar leading congregation in prayer (2 shots)
SHEIKH MAHMOOD VISITS LAMBETH PALACE: SHEIKH MEETS ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY: MRS. LEMU OF NIGERIA SPEAKS ON ROLE OF WOMEN: OFFICIAL DELEGATES AT CONFERENCE: EMPRESS OF IRAN VISITS MR. CALLAGHAN: ISLAMIC PRAYER SERVICE.
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Background: The conference designed to present Islam in its true form moved into its final day in London on Friday (9 April), and several of the dignitaries attending have been paying official visits in the city.
Empress Farah of Iran visited Britain's new Prime Minister, James Callaghan, at his official residence at No. 10 Downing Street on Thursday (8 April). It was the first official dinner Mr. Callaghan has held for an overseas visitor since his election earlier in the week.
On the same day, the Sheikh of Al Azhar, Dr. Abdhul Haleem Mahmood, from Cairo met the Archbishop of Canterbury, Doctor Coggan, at Lambeth Palace. The Sheikh is a leading Immam and the author of a number of books on the Islamic faith.
On Friday the Sheikh led an Islamic prayer service at the Seymour Hall. About 400 people attended, including about 50 of the delegates from the conference.
Among the speakers at the conference sessions o n Thursday was Mrs. Aisha Lemu, the secretary of the Islamic Educational Trust in Nigeria. She spoke on the role of women in the Islamic religion.
The conference closes on 12 April, but the "World of Islam" festival, opened by britain's Queen Elizabeth on Thursday, continues for three months. It's the first time that the Islamic religion has been on show in this way to the public in the West.
SYNOPSIS: One of Islam's most prominent leaders visited the Archbishop of Canterbury, Doctor Coggan, in London, on Thursday. He's the Sheikh of Al Azhar, Doctor Abdhul Haleem Mahmood, from Cairo. The Sheikh is a leading Imam and the author of several books on the Islamic faith. He met Doctor Coggan at Lambeth Palace, the Archbishop's London home.
And the conference which is designed to present Islam in its true form continued in London. It is the first time in contemporary history that so many Moslem scholars have come to Britain to speak on different aspects of the religion and its culture.
On Thursday, delegates concentrated on discussing the role of women in Islam. One of the speakers was the secretary of the Islamic Educational Trust in Nigeria, Mrs. Aisha Lemu.
Mrs. Lemu said the best source of infirmation on the women's role was the Islamic bible, the Koran and the teachings of the Prophet Muhammed.
The conference closes on Monday and by then delegates will have discussed many aspects of the Islamic religion, including its moral and social teachings, the Islamic law and state and its economic system. Their aim is to improve relations and understanding between Moslems and people of other religions.
The British Prime Minister's residence, Number 1 Downing street, where the Empress of Iran met the newly-elected Mr. Callaghan for dinner on Thursday. The Empress is in London for several official engagements, which include the Islamic conference. It was the first official dinner Mr. Callaghan has held for an overseas guest since being elected earlier this week.
On Friday, the conference delegates were included in the congregation for a special Islamic prayer service at Seymour Hall. It was led by Sheikh Al Azhar, seen here arriving at the hall. In all, about 400 people took part.
Sheikh Al Azhar, seen here leading the congregation in prayer, is the Rector at the Al-Azhyar University in Cairo, the main centre for the study of the Koran.